Titus 2:11-14

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.

  From Rev. Sarah Webb, Wheeling, WV:

We live with a foot in two worlds.  Our bodies have a definable shape and weight.  They grow, wear down, rebuild, and eventually wear out.  Yet we have an essence, a life within us that is without such shape and weight and wearing out.  In our culture, we are surrounded by greed and violence and cruelty.  Yet in our hearts lives a vision of a just world where even the lamb and lion live in community. 

The letter to Titus and to Christians everywhere reminds us that we are called to live faithfully in one world while we share the hope of another.  While we live among adversity and heartbreak, our hearts kindle the hope and promise of God’s redemption.  And the glow of that hope burns brightly enough to carry us through the darkest of nights.

Lord Jesus, may our lives share the light
that is already growing among us.